He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, He who abides in shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
Thought for the Day: God is as close as our next breath
Spending time in conversation with my new work partner, who will be sharing a classroom and teaching experiences with for the coming year(s), was so special. We have learned about each other’s children and we have talked about our past work experiences and what brought us to this place. As we listened, we learned that we are very much alike in personality and that we are anxiously excited to be working with each other. Neither of us has ever shared a classroom with another person so we will both be experiencing something new….but we can already tell it is going to be special. Maybe it became special when we realized she was born the year I graduated from high school. Toward the end of sharing, as we shared about past experiences, I shared about my family and what brought me personality to the place I am today. Her reply was, “How are you still standing here in this place? You’ve been through so much.” I have heard similar statements many times through the years, but there was something in her voice that was different.
Over the past few days, several have brought up the subject because of a song I sang in church on Sunday about finding God’s blessings in the struggles of life. This morning, awaking very early on a Saturday morning, I found myself contemplating the question, “How are you still standing here in this place?” My answer, the only answer I can explain, is that I am here because in every tragedy and in every heart-break, God has placed the people and events and memories and His planned blessings in front of me where I knew the direction I was to go. I sang the words Sunday, “What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near.” As we have almost made it out of the last tough period, I thought about those words. From the day that my husband’s position was eliminated in our previous church to the time I was offered my position to teach this coming school year was 1,011 days. Laura Story’s song, Blessings, became a theme song for us a few months after our time of change began. I remember hearing those words, “A thousand sleepless nights” and thinking…”I hope this doesn’t take a thousand days.” But it has. But in those thousand days we have fallen in love with our new church family, we have made wonderful new friends, we have found a place to live that is beautiful and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. God has blessed us in a mighty way and looking back, we can see where His hand has led us in such a mighty way.
“How are you still standing?” I am still standing, I believe, because through tragedy one learns to keep the faith and to know God is there…”Closer than your next breath”… and He will never let you go. There might be a lot of blessings in the tears and there might be many nights where rest does not come. But, God is in that next breath and God is placing who and what you need to lead you through the hard times. “How am I still standing?” That’s easy…God is why I am still standing.
Prayer: Almighty Father, thank you for loving us in such a special way and for bringing us through storms. Thank you for sending the blessings of people, experiences, and heartaches to bring us through with the knowledge that You are right there beside us. You are our Almighty Father and it is humbling to know that you are always as close as our next breath. Amen.
Prayer Focus: God’s Blessings